Personal Group, a technology-enabled employee services business, today announced survey results which suggest UK residents are increasingly concerned about the impact of Brexit on their employment. The company surveyed 1644 people in the UK running from 7th to 21st February 2018. A follow-up survey was undertaken in 2019 which surveyed 1551 people running from 11th to 22nd February 2019.
A comparison between the surveys shows that with Brexit fast approaching, more than one third (34.25%) of UK residents believe that Brexit would affect their current employment in a negative way, an increase of nearly 4% (+3.82%) when compared to survey results from 2018. Only 3% of respondents think that Brexit will positively affect their current employment.
The data highlights disparities according to gender, age and profession of respondents. Since February 2018, 12 times as many men than women surveyed have become more concerned about the impact on Brexit on their current employment: in February 2019 the number of men who believe Brexit will affect their employment negatively increased by almost 8% (7.89%) compared to a less than 1% (0.63%) rise amongst women.
While some direct employees have become more positive regarding Brexit’s effect on their employment (+0.53%), contractors and those who are self-employed declared more trepidation in 2019 than in 2018. When asked ‘How do you think Brexit will affect your current employment?’ the results captured last month showed an increase of more than 50% amongst contractors expecting a negative impact than in 2018, and a 33% increase amongst those who are self-employed.
When analysed by age group, the over-50s remain the largest group in employment who expect no change at all post Brexit – almost 30% (29.14%) – although this has reduced from 35% in 2018. All age groups of employees have seen an increase in expecting Brexit to have a negative impact on their current employment. Those aged 18-29 are leading this with a 22% increase, followed by 7% more 30-49-year olds and 18% more over-50s in 2019.
Deborah Frost, CEO at Personal Group commented: “The results of our research clearly show that the current political environment has created an added level of uncertainty amongst UK workers around their employment prospects. Employers want to retain the confidence and enthusiasm of their employees. Offering recognition and being able to communicate directly with employees, wherever they are based, is key in building motivation and engagement, and emerging from this tricky period with the employee team’s morale intact.”